I am just beginning to get to grips with some of my tribal work I captured when in Gujarat, perhaps I have distanced myself enough now to tackle the body of work head on? Sapa my guide took me to this remote Bharwad village on the outskirts of Dasada in Western Gujarat. A holy man passed me and graciously paused for a few moments even though he was evidently on a mission with mobile phone to hand. This tribal minority is becoming rare, the young are less inclined to wear such tribal dress that the villagers have worn for centuries in favour of jeans and T-Shirts even though it is not enough to be born a Bharwad. If a person wants to be accepted as one: conforming with standards of dress and other customs is a necessity if a person is not to be considered a deserter from the community way of life that remains mainly unchanged.
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